Fancy a day out with the family? This week, look out for a stage adaption by The Bubblegum Project of Roald Dahl’s children’s book George’s Marvellous Medicine. The show will be held in MAP, Publika. Response to the youth-friendly play has been encouraging, with nearly all tickets being sold out early.

We have a little chat with the director of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Thasha Gunaseelan, about the upcoming play:
    (picture courtesy of Thasha Gunaseelan)

(picture courtesy of Thasha Gunaseelan)

Tell us more about your adaptation of George’s Marvellous Medicine. What were the main aims when turning it into a stage production?

We tried to keep it as close as possible to the book to preserve the magic of the story. Also, in terms of the props and setting we have maintained the same whimsical effect as the book.

How are children involved in The Bubblegum Project’s productions?

We do it mainly for the children so they play a big part in The Bubblegum Project’s productions. We get them to respond and let them feel like they are part of the show too. We also are open to holding auditions and getting them to act in it. For George’s Marvellous Medicine, we have one child actor who is Ishra Kamiso.

The reason why we came up with Bubblegum Project was because we realised as drama teachers many young people are talented but there are insufficient platforms for them to showcase their talents.

We understand tickets sell out fast for your Roald Dahl productions — will this be restaged?

We might consider a re-stage, but in other states instead of KL, as it is our dream to expose children in different parts of Malaysia to children’s theater.

Are there plans for another Roald Dahl piece after George’s Marvellous Medicine?

Yes, we in fact target to do all Roald Dahl’s stories. We started with The Twits last year.

If you could make a magic potion for your production, what would it do?

As a director, if there’s a magic potion I could make it would make everybody feel good after the show. The audience should be able to feel the magic and believe anything is possible. My actors will grow to the next level after the show and feel more confident of themselves.

Which is your personal favourite amongst the characters in the play?

I really like the grandmother a lot. It’s amazing how the actor has developed the character and it’s almost natural for him now. That’s right, the grandmother is played by a male actor. However, every character carries the weight of the show equally.

Tell us more about the actor who will play George in the show.

She’s actually an actress 🙂 This is her second show. I was assistant director in her first, and it’s amazing how much she has grown as a performer from the first show to second. Being a gymnast and a girls’ girl we had to do detailed character work, for example: how to sit and stand as a boy.

[ Editor’s note: We usually stick to the term ‘actor’ regardless of gender! ]

Who should come to watch this show?

Anyone young at heart.

To find out more, visit the George’s Marvellous Medicine event page, and follow The Bubblegum Project for updates to their next Dahl production.

For those interested in watching the show, only tickets for the night of 11th April remain. We recommend booking your tickets.